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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 12, 2012 8:00am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Other Men's Women (1931)

I cannot find a renewal. Does anyone have evidence that this is still under copyright?

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 13, 2012 7:45am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Other Men's Women (1931)

Thanks for the interesting replies. Perhaps Video-Cellar will chime in.

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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Jan 13, 2012 6:46pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Other Men's Women (1931)

I can't find either registrations or renewals for the film or the screen play/story under either of the titles or the writer's name. Looks PD, but the lack of PD releases suggests that there is a piece to the puzzle that is missing.

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Poster: Moongleam Date: Jan 13, 2012 7:54pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Other Men's Women (1931)

It wasn't available on DVD until 2009, and Amazon shows no evidence that it was ever available on VHS tape. Can it be that Alpha Video just hasn't gotten around to adding it to their line?

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Poster: larus Date: Jan 13, 2012 12:36am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Other Men's Women (1931)

The American Film Institute page for the film confirms that it was never registered for copyright.

The rights to the story on which it is based, by Maude Fulton, do show up on copyright transfer lists on the USCO web site (in document V3492D191 for example), even though that is no proof that the rights are still (or ever were) valid.
For what it's worth, I've checked Parts 3/4 (dramatic compositions) of the 1956 (p85/94 and 169/177), 1957 (p61, p129), 1958 (p57, p123) and 1959 (p53, p111) CCEs for renewals and there's no trace of any work by Maude Fulton. The CCE collection on the archive only goes back to 1932, so it's hard to know if the story/screenplay might have been registered and never renewed.

It's a somehow popular movie, with over 400 ratings on IMDB, yet only Warner has it out on DVD, which looks like a bit of a red flag to me. Maybe the story rights are still valid and we are in a It's a Wonderful Life-type situation. Or maybe Warner were the only ones to still have a print lying around.

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Poster: oldbones Date: Jan 12, 2012 10:12pm
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Other Men's Women (1931)

I couldn't find an original registration, let alone a renewal for this. A search of USCO shows several copyright transfers and that is all. And for what it's worth, neither Alpha Video, Reel Media or Retro Film Vault show anything. Information on IMDb claims the film was completed in '30, shows a notice of 1930 and released in 1931. A similar search of the film's aka The Steel Highway, shows no registration and no renewal. USCO search for The Steel Highway shows only copyright transfers. I vote PD.